Crowe soars for Milaca at Class A state track meet

Crowe soars for Milaca at Class A state track meet

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Crowe soars for Milaca at Class A state track meet

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Kaija Crowe stood gasping with her hands on her hips waiting to take her last jump at 5 feet, 2 inches.

The senior sprinter and high jumper for Milaca was used to jumping 5 feet, 4 inches all season, but on Friday at the class A state meet at Hamline University, she had just got done running a 100-meter dash and anchoring the 800-meter relay, both of which are now in the finals for tomorrow.

So Crowe was a little more gassed than usual.

That being the case, Milaca girl’s head coach Gwen Garber decided to let Crowe rest and wait to take a riskier leap at 5 feet, 3 inches.

It was a risk that paid off handsomely, as Crowe made it all the way to 5 feet, 5 inches, claiming third place and a quick eight points for the Wolves.

“When she got back from the 200, she had no legs left,” Garber said. “I should have pulled her earlier, but she is very determined and it ended up working out.”

A relieved Crowe came back and received closing instructions from Garber after she missed her third attempt at 5 feet, 6 inches.

“I was still dead,” said Crowe, about Garber’s decision to let her wait and attempt a tougher height. “I knew I could make it if I waited, and I knew I wasn’t going to make 5 feet, 2 inches if I didn’t.”

Crowe’s preliminary time of 12.65 in the 100-meter dash was good enough to win her heat and put her in a good spot to take home the state title.

Her relay team of Allie Terpstra, Sarah Forker and Irina Danilyuk claimed third in their heat with a time of 1:45.91.

“Tomorrow I can totally go all out on the sprints,” Crowe said. “The 4×200 and the hundred I can go full out. I won’t have to worry about (high jump). It should be fun.”

“Kaija is doing exactly what we hoped she would do,” Garber said. “She always works very hard and we ask a lot from her, but she is just such a determined person and it’s fun to watch.”

Crowe won her heat in the 200 with a 25.36 and will advance to Saturday’s final in the 800-meter relay, and the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Milaca teammate Allie Terpstra finished in 13th place in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 9.75 inches.

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